Susan Sidersky

Susan Sidersky

Implementation Engineer


AT&T

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Always liked math, didn't know what to do with that knowledge.
Went to Univ of FL, majored in Math, thought I'd be a math teacher.
Lost interest in teaching, didn't want to do research, went to college counselor.
Counselor suggested Industrial Engineering. I didn't even know what that was.
Took a lot of courses in the sciences, focused on the "human" side of engineering.
Got a job with Southern Bell, expanded knowledge with each new evolution of the network.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Industrial Engineering
University of Florida
Career

Career

Implementation Engineer

I coordinate, plan, and implement the purchase and procurement of hardware equipment.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Engineering
Technology
Technology
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

A great day is initiating a new project, or completing a project, or making progress on a project, doing all of the little steps necessary for equipment to be turned up for service. I keep track of managing my budget, meeting my deadlines, and learning new processes. Some days the processes flow smoothly, the numbers come in on target, the dates are all met. I try to work in the most efficient manner, so that the work moves easily.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Business knowledge, logic, project management, communication skills. I need to be able to read and absorb technical documentation easily, and communicate what I've learned to others. Although there's an orderly process, flexibility is also a key part of making it through the day.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Take a variety of courses to be well rounded, but focus on the math and science. Speak to lots of people, tell them your hobbies, interests, and your favorite subjects. Visit corporations on days appropriate for students (there're lots of programs out there), keep expanding and researching various opportunities.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Industrial Engineering
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Engineering is too hard for girls. The boys won't talk to you or help you."

Break down the hard part into smaller manageable pieces. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Speak up.

Challenges I Overcame

Gender Discrimination
Gender Discrimination

Being a shy girl/introvert in a field of mostly boys (for every 10-15 boys, there were 2-3 girls). The girls stuck together, but when I was the only girl, I knew I had to talk to the boys as equals, not in a flirty sexual way.